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Dragunalb
Silvana Dettmann
Artist | Student | Traditional Art
Switzerland
I'm an ongoing scientific illustrator studying Scientific Visualization at the ZHdK in Zurich and I'm currently in my second year of studies after I studied Biology for five semesters at the UZH in Zurich. Though I study and live most of the week in a flat in Zurich with my roomies, I spend most of my weekends and holidays at home in Zernez in the middle of the Engadin valley.

My interests are biology, especially zoology, paleontology and evolution, since I always loved to know about nature and it's inhabitants. I'm also interested in medicine, history (Vikings, Germans, Romans, Rhaetians and other ancient cultures), enviromental science and geoscience ranging from Earth to extraplanetar systems. I also keep pets (birds, fish, amphibians), go hunt, hike and dive. It's safe to say that I got a very vast field of interests.
One of my other great passions besides of science are sci-fi and gaming, meaning that I'm a sucker for the Aliens (AvP) and the Halo franchise. Though I tend to draw a lot of fanart in my spare time, I'm not one of those fangirls who pretend to be one of their original Mary Sue characters in real life, draw tons of smut and ERP all day to compensate for something or weird stuff like that. I'm quite a reasonable fan.
If you look at my gallery, you'll mostly find either scientific stuff like paleontology or zoology I do at the university or sci-fi and fanart I do in my spare time :)

My mother tongue is Rumansh but I speak German fluently as well and I'm quite good with English. I also understand a good part from French and Italian and to a certain degree Spanish. As you see, communication shouldn't be a problem if you do want to speak about my art. Comments of any kind are welcomed! :D

My college buddies:
:iconbrosi91: :iconholmea:
:iconivae-art: :iconuffantdapersic: :iconanniibunnii: :iconsteaneon: :iconartfiasko: :iconweltraum: :iconsaraprimavera: :iconlareinededrame:

My crazy German pals:
:iconlone-paradoxon: :iconstrohmasterchef: :icontheonepete: :iconehmpehoh:
:iconvangelicsurgeon: :)

Buddies from over the Big Pond:
:icongluebandit: :icondaca-csmure:

Current Residence: Zernez and Zurich
Favourite genre of music: Metal and Rock
Favourite cartoon character: Stitch, Wickie, Darkwing Duck
Personal Quote: Hell is not where we'll go to after death. It's a place in our hearts that'll make us suffer and pay for our sins whilst we're still alive.
Interests
We Scientific Visualization students from the third semester got to write a bigger term paper until January and as you've already read in the title, I just got green light from the professors to write my paper about Microraptor and do a reconstruction on my own based on the newest scientific researches and focusing on his coloration! They were pretty impressed of my project and considered it a great idea, so I'm happy I can finally work with dinosaurs again now :laplz:
Now since I'm a bit rusty on paleontology since when I ended studying biology and because of Microraptor being a relatively newly discovered dinosaur with seemingly new information coming out about it all time, I'm asking all the paleontology nerds reading this for support! Tell me about the newest papers who came out, where I can get the newest data about Microraptor, what good books there are you'd advise me to get my data from, whatever you know about the animal yourself, who else on DA may be an expert with Microraptor or Paraves and Maniraptora in general and so on. Don't be shy, I won't bite! ;)
So whoever is interested in discussing about Microraptor with me or willed to provide me with useful material/information about Microraptor, please write so in the comments or send me a PN. I can't offer you money for your help but I can grant you being mentioned in the paper in the acknowledgment section as part of the people who helped me working on it =)

Of course I'm already working on getting all the data about Microraptor myself in order to be able to draw a proper reconstruction of it later on but since there are many experts on DA who may know about paleontology stuff I don't know, I thought I'd ask if one of my watchers is an expert knowing about papers, books and so on I haven't found yet. I may as well try to contact the University of Texas at Austin to see if they may be willed to help me out, since they're the ones who researched Microraptor's color pattern in the feathers.

PS: Thanks a lot for all the birthday congratulations! I was surprised and flattered to get so many messages from you at my birthday. I guess I never got that many until now, so thanks a lot! :D
I got a male Fisher's lovebird (Agapornis fischeri) from my mom and sister after I was looking for one for my lonely female so long (it's hard to find purebred ones who also got their natural coloration and not some mutant coloration)! And me I got myself a cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) from the animal shelter (I had pity for it being alone all time) and goddammit he's tame and clingy as fuck! So I named him Maika due to his yellow head and crest and his big mouth. And if you want to see pictures of them, I can do so =)
  • Mood: Happy
  • Listening to: Mark Forster feat Sido - Au Revoir
  • Reading: Microraptor papers
  • Drinking: Tea

I'm thinking of making a Tumblr account to spread my art and be a bit more professional. What do you think I should add there to keep people interested in my art? 

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5 deviants said A mix of all your art! Only submit your best pieces though, so the blog won't be flooded with sketches.
36%
4 deviants said All your art! It gives an overview of all your skills and many submissions keep people interested, so the more the better.
18%
2 deviants said None! Tumblr is not advised for artists and professionalism. (If you chose this, please tell me in the comments why not and what alternative you'd suggest)
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No deviants said Just original art! Fanart is not professional enough.
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No deviants said Just fanart! Who cares about original art, duh?

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:iconplioart:
Plioart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the +fav :D (Big Grin) 
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Awesome work you did there as usual =)
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TheFlamingPickle Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
I actually have two characters partially inspired by Yurr and Dawn: a female ODST named Sarah who later joins the SPARTAN-IV program, and a male T'vaoan named Riz. They too form a strange alliance, though through very different circumstances. If this seems too close to Dawn and Yurr, I apologize, and would be happy to modify them.
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nah, as long as the story and looks are different, I guess that should be fine. If Sarah is a blonde with rebel heritage and Riz got a small scar on his snout too, then I'd slightly change those it though ;)
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TheFlamingPickle Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Sarah has brown hair and was born on Earth, and the only scar Riz has is on his upper arm (and he isn't a pirate). And as far as I can tell, there aren't really any similarities other than those in my previous comment, so thanks! :)
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nah, then you're absolutely fine =)
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GoC-VeNNoM Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the favourite.
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome =)
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PennNorris Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Thanks for the Halo :+fav:
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! =)
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DrawlinesMisfits Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanx for the fav, you have good taste in art :P
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! And thanks for the compliment =)
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WaffleMaker9000 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome again and thank you so much for the watch! I really appreciate it :D
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WaffleMaker9000 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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:icondragunalb:
Dragunalb Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! =)
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Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Thanks for the llama, one coming up your way too! :)
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome and thank you very much! :D
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Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
So what did you get? Some kind of superduper superhero llama or something? :D Ha ha, I forget which variety it was that got sent your way. Perhaps even a Yeti llama! Lol. :)
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nah, just a super Llama but that's ok ;)
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AGuyCalledTex Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave on Spartan Kenny by AGuyCalledTex  
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
No problem =)
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RetroNerdStudios Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fav!!!
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Dragunalb Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! =)
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BlueCaroline Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Merci Sylvana pour le +fav!

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